Malaysian ‘Queen’s Gambit’ set to take Spanish centerstage

by | Jan 13, 2022 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

17-year-old Malaysian, Nur Batrisya Wafa Mohsen, is all prepared to take the limelight when she begins her challenge for a prestigious chess title at a global stage in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Prague Open 2022, which began on January 7 and sees a final on January 14, has the world’s elite chess players contending for the same title.

Wafa Mohsen carries the ‘expert’ category that is recognised by the International Chess Federation. Her father, Mohsen Amdan, mentioned to the media that her participation was only funded by the family as she required more exposure.

Malaysians on social media are giving her all the support as they want the SMK Convent Kajang student to succeed.

Hector Roche said, “She will be the next chess master if she works hard.”

He added that she is an inspiration to other girls, considering chess is a male-dominated sport.

Tanuja Appukuttan was delighted with her achievement and expressed how proud she was.

“Congratulations young lady! You are making us all proud,” she said.

To compete on an international stage is not a mere feat but whatever position she gets, it would be one that will propel her to greater heights.

Once the Prague Open 2022 is completed, Wafa Mohsen will be moving around the Czech Republic competing in other chess tournaments.